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Downsizing is a good idea but most people are overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do to make the endeavour successful. Maybe you are thinking about downsizing but the thought of the stuff you have is terrorizing your heart. So, how do you downsize effectively and make the transition smooth?

Are you planning to downsize? You can get good apartments for sale in Dubai at very affordable prices. Also, there are lovely units at the Madinat Jumeirah Living which is near the Burj Al Arab Hotel in the Jumeirah region. Furthermore, if you want to downsize from a mansion, you can consider the Sidra villas in Dubai Hills Estate.

Below are 5 steps to make downsizing easy:

1. Make an inventory

Perhaps this is the first thing you should do to know exactly what you own. So, walk in every room in the house and document all your items. You can choose to use the old school method and record everything on paper. Alternatively, you can create a spreadsheet application which is easily editable. Whichever way you choose, try to be as thorough as possible and include relevant specifics like the condition of the item and market value.

2. Declutter

This is also an important step when planning to move to a smaller place. Go through every room of your larger house and sort out everything and categorize into keepers, for sale, give-away and throw-away. Organize the items and pack them for shipment.

3. Visualize the floor plan of the new home

This will help you to avoid wasting resources on relocating items that will be of no use in the new surroundings. Planning the interior design in advance will enable you to make the best of the living space. If possible, take the exact measurement of every room in the new house and compare with your larger house to know which items will fit.

4. Know which items you should relocate with

Even if you have an attachment with a certain item, there are several factors that you should consider. For instance, if you are moving to a high rise apartment, the lawnmower will be of no use. Also, sometimes it makes more financial sense to sell an item and buy another one instead of moving it.

5. Start early

Don’t keep waiting until the last minute as this can result in severe mistakes. For example, you may throw away an item that you actually need. It is good to start sorting your items early as soon as you decide to move.